She spins and she sways
To whatever song plays
Without a care in the world
And I'm sitting here wearing
The weight of the world on my shoulders

It's been a long day
And there's still work to do
She's pulling at me
Saying "Dad, I need you

There's a ball at the castle
And I've been invited
And I need to practice my dancing
Oh, please, Daddy, please?"

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
'Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh, I will dance with Cinderella
I don't want to miss even one song
'Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she'll be gone...

She says he's a nice guy and I'd be impressed
She wants to know if I approve of the dress
She says, "Dad, the prom is just one week away
And I need to practice my dancing
Oh, please, Daddy, please?"

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
'Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh, I will dance with Cinderella
I don't want to miss even one song
'Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she'll be gone

She will be gone

Well, she came home today with a ring on her hand
Just glowing and telling us all they had planned
She says, "Dad, the wedding's still six months away
But I need to practice my dancing
Oh, please, Daddy, please?"

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
'Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh, I will dance with Cinderella
I don't want to miss even one song
'Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she'll be gone



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    General Comment:The story behind the song is that one day Steven was trying to write, but it had been a long day. He was trying to give his two youngest adopted daughters, Maria (the one who died later), and Stevie Joy a bath, but they kept getting out of the tub and putting on their princess dresses! lol At first he was frustrated, but later he realized that these moments are precious, because before you know it they will be all grown up.
    jamieanne92on November 08, 2009   Link
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    General Comment:heard this on the way home just now. beautiful song.
    dieboyon March 09, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:I agree. Another perfect rendition - in theme - to Butterfly Kisses.
    digiloopson July 25, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:I heard this song was about his daughter that was killed not too long ago... does anyone know if its true?
    ihearttherjaon September 10, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:this song was actually written before his daughters death. afterwards, though, it was extremely difficult for him to get on stage and sing it again in concert.

    absolutely amazing song.
    amandaaxohhon September 12, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:I love this song! It's so beautiful and it's so sweet.
    JEliseE903on November 06, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:ever since his daughter died i havn't been able to listen to this song without crying....he did this song on the news after she died and he changed the last lyrics to "i know the dance goes on" just the way he said it made me and my mom both burst into tears....its such a beautiful song
    maroonmimion March 07, 2009   Link
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    General Comment:its almost like he knew when you read the lyrics now...even though its about her moving away and getting married...the song takes on a whole diffrent meaning now.
    maroonmimion March 07, 2009   Link
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    General Comment:youtube.com/…

    Steven himself explains the story behind the song. Jamieanne92 is right, he was giving a bath to 2 of his daughters, Stevie Joy and Maria. It was frustrating, but he realized that these are the precious moments that will be gone before you know it. He wrote this before Maria's tragic death. Now the song has a whole new meaning.
    buckysongon August 15, 2011   Link

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